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Sandusky sentence set to be revised

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HARRISBURG — A state judge has ordered Jerry Sandusky be taken to a central Pennsylvania court­room next month for resentencing on his 45-count child sexual abuse conviction, six months after an appeals court ruled mandatory minimums had been improperly applied. Judge John Foradora filed ...

Event aims to end heat deaths in cars

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It might seem unimaginable to lock up your vehicle and forget there’s a child strapped in a car seat in back. But it’s undeniable that it happens, and the consequences tend to be irrevocable. Over the past 20 years, an annual average of 38 children have died from heatstroke in vehicles, ...

Neighborhood catch

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Xavier Strunk, 11, throws a football to Bridget Bethurum, 14, both of Altoona, on Thursday afternoon along Fifth Avenue. Photo for the Mirror by Isaac Ritchey

Blair creates payroll administrator position

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The pending retirement of an employee in the Blair County Controller’s Office is prompting the creation of a new staff position in the human resources department to take over many of the retiring employee’s payroll processing duties. The Blair County Salary Board voted ...

City woman jailed for retail theft

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From Mirror staff reports A city woman with nine prior retail theft convictions is back in jail after police say she shoplifted hundreds of dollars in merchandise from a Logan Township store. Nicole M. Fouse, 35, of 409 17th St., was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after Logan Township ...

Charges filed over assault at UPMC

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From Mirror staff reports A Cambria County woman is in jail after police said she assaulted her wife at the UPMC Altoona emergency room. Amanda K. Lewis, 36, of Glasgow, was arrested just before 1 a.m. Thursday after UPMC Altoona police allege she assaulted her wife in a bathroom in the ...

Police: House search turns up meth, heroin

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A city man is in jail after police allegedly found meth­amphetamine and heroin at a West Chestnut Avenue home. Christopher M. Woomer, 43, of Altoona, was arrested Wednesday afternoon as Logan Township and Altoona police executed a search warrant at 2103 W. Chestnut Ave., a location police ...

Pa. court upholds inmate’s sentence

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A prison sentence of 27 to 54 years imposed on an Altoona man convicted last year of child rape and related offenses has been upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Alex Strange Budd Plowman, 24, is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale as he appeals his ...

Amtran inks contract

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Amtran’s board on Wednes­day approved a three-year contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union that raises wages 3 percent annually, adds health insurance options that could save the authority money long-term and increases both pension benefits and employee contributions to the pension ...

Spinning wheel

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Mike Rickabaugh of Altoona tunes up a bike Thursday afternoon at Pedal Power. Photo for the Mirror by Isaac Ritchey

Briefcase

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Tyrone Business After Hours set The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Djday’s Stained Glass by Dion Dillon, 14116 S. Eagle Valley Road (former LaScalia’s Restaurant building.) Cost to attend is $5. For more information or to ...

Army veteran, ranger leaves legacy

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The death of Altoona native Sheldon Bare last Saturday wrote the last chapter of a story about the elite World War II military group he was part of and the almost-impossible mission it accomplished during the D-Day Invasion in Normandy. Bare was the last surviving member of the 2nd U.S. Army ...

Bedford getting Tram Bar

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BEDFORD — A manufacturing facility that had been slated to be located in Blair County will be built in Bedford County instead. The Bedford County Development Association announced Wednesday the addition of Tram Bar Co-Packing LLC to the Bedford County Business Park. The Victor, Idaho-based ...

City considers CDBG money for cemeteries

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The city ought to check out the possibility of paying for maintenance of unkept and insolvent cemeteries with Community Development Block Grant money, as a potentially sustainable alternative to occasional mowing forays by volunteer groups, city Planning Commission member Randy Isenberg said ...

Williams remembered for veteran devotion

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Gerald L. Williams cared for veterans. “He was a great supporter of all veterans, he was 100 percent behind establishing the Wall that Heals. He treated our Vietnam veterans and Fire Base Eagle tremendously. Personally, he was a wonderful man all the way around,” said the Rev. Paul ...

City man facing up to 10 years for assault

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will spend five to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years on probation, for sexually assaulting, beating and biting his ex-girlfriend two years ago after forcing his way into her Altoona residence. Anthony James Mesmer, 26, speaking in a soft voice, advised ...

Snyder Twp. will support advertisement

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TYRONE — Snyder Town­­ship is willing to join with other Blair County municipalities in advertising a proposed agreement that will hand over address assignment responsibilities to the county and its 911 center. Currently, addressing responsibilities rest with each municipality and its ...

Police: Man broke into shop

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A Bedford County man is behind bars after police say he broke into a Blair County golf shop. Dwight J. Imler Jr., 25, of New Enterprise allegedly busted out the glass front door of Golf World near Newry about 2:38 a.m. Wednesday and then ran from the business when a patrolling Blair Township ...

Case appeal faces another delay

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court is again postponing action on an appeal filed by an Altoona man in order to clarify what actions must be taken locally before the case can be reviewed. Brian Kurt Bantum, 43, is incarcerated in the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon on charges of ...